US women beat Canada 3-1 in final match of the year

SAN JOSE, California (AP) – Julie Ertz, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd scored and the US national team closed out play this year with a 3-1 victory over Canada at Avaya Stadium on Sunday night.

The two teams also faced each other Thursday at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, playing to a 1-1 draw. The tie snapped a six-game winning streak for the top-ranked Americans.

Canada, which won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics, is ranked fifth in the world and considered a team on the rise. But the Canadians have not defeated the United States since 2001.

Ertz, who played in college at Santa Clara, scored her sixth goal of the year in the 11th minute on a header off a set piece. It was her 14th international goal and all of them have been the result of a set play.

United States forward Alex Morgan, (left) and Canada defender Rebecca Quinn vie for the ball. – AP

Canadian captain Christine Sinclair came close to equalising with a shot in the 32nd minute that was just wide of the far post. Sinclair, who plays for the NWSL’s Portland Thorns, was slow to get up after the shot.

Janine Beckie scored her first goal against the United States in the 50th minute off a well-placed pass from Nichelle Prince.

Both are teammates on the Houston Dash.

Morgan put the United States back on top, slotting home a goal past Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.

Lloyd added a final goal in the 80th minute.